The old Mandarin Cuisine is now the new Asian Deli.
After a change in ownership and nearly two months of renovations the Main Street eatery opened for business Sunday offering authentic Thai, Chinese and Japanese cuisine.
“Mandarin Cuisine was mostly Americanized Chinese food. For our restaurant we have more traditional food. My father owns a restaurant in China and we’re doing pretty good business in China,” said manager Leo Chen.
Leo's father, Ying, who is now the head chef at Asian Deli was a cook at a Thai restaurant for more than 10 years.
"He knows a lot about Thai dishes," Chen said. "We do a lot of curries and Thai food uses a lot of fresh fruit and veggies. We use a lot basils, lemon leaves, mangoes, pineapples, stuff like that.”
The Chen's gutted and renovated the former Mandarin Cuisine making way for a new sushi bar and enough tables to seat 48 people.
“We basically took out everything. Everything is new here," he said.
Asian Deli offers take out, delivery and catering and serves beer and wine. They are in the process of applying for a full liquor license.
They also offer a lunch menu with cheaper prices during the day.
“For some of our signature dishes we put them on the lunch menu so it’s cheaper so more people are willing to try it and if they like it they can come back next time and order the dinner portion,” Chen said.
“If you’re interested in trying some of our dishes you can come at lunch time. It’s a really good price. You get [the meal], soup, rice and a choice of an appetizer for only like $6-$7,” he said.
Leo said they are excited to be in Walpole and have been well received so far by people in town.
“It’s a nice town. Everyone here is so nice," he said. “Everyone who comes here welcomes us to town.”
Asian Deli is located at 691 Main Street in Walpole. To find out more or to place an order call 508-660-1870.